The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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Ok, this question goes in two directions. One, because I'd like to make realy cool panorama pictures. Two, because I'm a cheap gitt!
I meddled around with something called "autostitch" (think that was the name) to try and make some panoramic pictures. They were blemished by a watermark since I was using the trial version. Fair enough. Doing a google search on the subject, I found various sites, but couldn't quite figure out which ones were good and which ones were free. So, can anyone here recommend a panorama "stitcher" that is free? Does a free version even exist?
Ok, heres the second part. I was playing around with google earth maps and wondered if I couldn't take some screenshots of different areas, crop them so they would overlap each other, and then tell autostitch to put them all together into one picture. Then print it out and laminate it. Voila...cheap map of your desired area. Come on, admit it! I can't be the first to be this cheap . I was thinking that maybe a "stitching" program would do the trick. Any ideas on this?
I got a copy of "Photostitch" with my Canon Camera and it does an excellent job of stitching photos. I have tried other stitching programs but keep going back to Photostitch for ease of use and accuracy of the final photo. It seems though the program cannot be downloaded. Phone Canon and inquire about purchasing PhotoStitch™ (latest version). They will direct you to purchase a replacement CD for their digital camera line and put you in contact with the purchasing division.
Here's the contact information:
Canon Canada Inc.
6390 Dixie Road
Mississauga, Ont L5T 1P7
I have not tried "stitching" Google earth photos, but will try it as I too think this might be an awesome way to get "maps". I don't see why it wont work.... I'll let you know.
I have a version of Photostich (version 3.1), I think it is emailable (about 10MB) if anybody wants it to try...
There shouldn't be any copyright infringement as it is a free utility - I think.
I use PTAssembler which might interest you (though you may have to eventually pay for it) as it lets you assign the alignment points in the photo pairs that get stitched together. You could then assign the alignment pairs that you see in your Google maps and let the program do its magic. Lots of information on the PTAssembler pages. PTAssembler
Borrowed Kodaks photostich from a friend who has a kodak camera. It works just as I had hoped. There's even an option when stitching that asks you if these are photographs or scanned images. Did a couple of testruns and the result is actually quite good.
I think that if you get a good work system going, you could actually make some usefull maps from google maps. I will give it a whirl anyway. Will propably make a post about it.
Oh and Alexpezzi; I don't think it is free as such. It usually comes on a CD if you buy a Kodak camera. But their webpage doesn't offer a free download of it. But I don't think that Kodak will alert the police if you share it with a friend or two .
Google does not like it that people create maps like this so they might shut your IP-address of for a couple of hours. It depends on the size of the download. Why don't you give it a try with a small area you know.
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